Top 30 Most Expensive Releases Sold On Discogs in August 2017

by falsepriest

Top 30 favorite, Röyksopp‘s ‘Melody A.M.‘ makes a bid for the top spot with a sale of $4621, but it doesn’t even make #2. It’s beaten out by hardcore punk outfit, Negative Approach, with their eponymous 1982 release grabbing $5000. The top spot in August’s most expensive releases is wrangled by a release that goes back much, much further.

August’s most expensive releases list, as usual, is an eclectic mix of genres, styles and formats. There’s a good measure of rock and prog releases rubbing shoulders with reggae, pop, jazz, punk and more. Vinyl is king, with LPs and 7″s being the most strongly represented on this list, but there’s a few CDs on there, and even a 12″ acetate release of MC Diamond’s Bronx Started It that sold for $1349.

But none of that can quite rival the intrigue of the most expensive release of August: a 10″ shellac release of Charlie Patton‘s Delta Blues single, ‘Love My Stuff / Jersey Bull Blues‘. Unsurprisingly, it’s only counted in one collection on Discogs. Those 25 people who have it in their Wantlist had better start saving their pennies in case it ever reappears for sale again, as this release went for a fairly decent, $7132. Shellac is a relatively rare format in the Discogs marketplace, making up just over 0.1% of the total releases currently listed for sale. It’s one of the most expensive releases to be sold on Discogs all year, but can’t quite take that title from Billy Nicholls, whose album ‘Would You Believe‘ went for $10324 back in April.

Charlie Patton (also known as Charley Patton), is considered by many to be the ‘Father of the Delta Blues’ and was labelled one of the most important American musicians of the 20th century by musicologist, Robert Palmer (not to be confused with the other Robert Palmer). Patton died aged just 43 in 1934, the same year ‘Love My Stuff / Jersey Bull Blues’ was released. His untimely death didn’t come before crafting a catalog of music that has influenced countless musicians decades after his death. Canned Heat, Bob Dylan, The White Stripes, and Robert Crumb are among an impressive list of artists who have paid tribute to the blues legend.

Check out the full list of August’s Most Expensive Releases Sold On Discogs and see if you think they’re worth the price tag!

Collage of most expensive releases sold on Discogs in August 2017


14 comments about “Top 30 Most Expensive Releases Sold On Discogs in August 2017
  • andrewsaputo 5 months ago
    I always follow this. I'm curious; since the marketplace is getting bigger, would it be possible to do a top 50 list?
  • NeedfulThings 5 months ago
    andrwsaputo's comment makes a lot of sense, especially when clicking through to the full list gives you 25 on page one....
  • jglembo 5 months ago
    Can someone comment on what/why that Negative Approach sold for 5k? Had to be limited or a special version/test press?

    I would like to see discogs post the sellers comments with each item as well as condition when posting this.

    Otherwise some of these high dollar purchases just look silly
  • andrewsaputo 5 months ago
    You can actually read the comments if you look at the seller history. This one was "Colored Sleeve, Inscription on inside cover with original insert and show flyer."
  • fpittion 5 months ago
    I'd go further than Andrewsaputo and do a top 100-A lot of the prices are way beyond the average collector, but it would be nice to see stuff that more than a handful of dealers sells for.
    We could also have a top 10 of the most ridiculously expensive records which are NOT worth it!
  • 3pennyOprah 5 months ago
    There's nothing more non-punk/more against the intentions of the artists than to sell & buy punk releases for thousands of $$$$'s.

    My view of this list is generally quite critical as long term it just helps to push prices up and makes these records even more accessible to people with deep pockets only while the rest of us gawk in from the outside.
  • Choochiba 5 months ago
    I agree with fpittion. However, if you want a list of the most expensive items on Discogs, you can go to the marketplace, go to "all items," then sort them by price. I think that's about as good as you can get, since you can't objectively say that something's so overpriced it's definitely not worth it. It's all personal opinion and experience.
  • antknee73 5 months ago
    Is there a spot for a Discogs all time top dollar releases ranked?
  • iliketmbg 5 months ago
    Mama mia!
  • mattwinter 5 months ago
    I think the Negative Approach was one of the hand coloured copies. One sold elsewhere in 2016 for $4700, but in the same year another 3 or 4 were sold well below the $2000 mark. These pop up a fair bit it seems, and I imagine it would be pretty easy to take your $800 standard copy and turn it into a $1600 hand coloured copy. You need solid provenance with these, I reckon.
  • ReggieRocket 5 months ago
    While I personally wouldn't pay that much for any of those, there are some very interesting titles that I can certainly see the appeal for them. I hope the new owners of those items enjoy them as much as the sellers enjoyed their payment!
  • space.gato 5 months ago
    In the process of going through records of my deceased uncle. He had a box of old Shellac records that I need to go through. Does anyone have experience selling Shellac records? Are they in demand/fetch a decent amount? Are there still many out there? I need to get the artists, but unfortunately his place is a couple hours away. I figured they were just mostly junk but that Charlie Patton sale now has me thinking 🤔 I hope its a bunch of old Delta blues but probably not..
  • dig59 5 months ago
    "There's nothing more non-punk/more against the intentions of the artists than to sell & buy punk releases for thousands of $$$$'s" ... never met a band that didn't want money. punk or any other genre.
    There are many multi millionaires that came from the punk scene.....wake up and smell the armpits
  • Nightster 5 months ago
    Just missed ... I sold a copy of 60s Australian Prog rock band Kavhas Jute's 'Wide Open' for $AUD1,200.00